STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - $1.2 million will be used to renovate a historic building in downtown Starkville.
Mark Castleberry, a property developer in the Golden Triangle and owner of Castle Properties, partnered with local business, Glo, and the Masonic Lodge to restore the Rex Theater. The building is located on West Main Street.
He plans to transform the former theater into an office space for Glo.
Glo sells liquid-activated, light-up cubes that are designed to be placed into drinks for a colorful sip.
Currently, Glo’s office space is on the corner of nearby East Lampkin Street and Montgomery Street.
The redevelopment of Rex Theater will provide a larger space for the business to operate.
The Starkville Masonic Lodge has occupied the property for more than 100 years. A fire destroyed the first building in 1929. When it was rebuilt in 1931, the theater was constructed on the first floor.
Castleberry plans to work with the National Parks Service and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History to maintain the property’s historic integrity.
Glo business partners Anna Barker and Hagan Walker hope to move into the newly-renovated building by the end of the year.
Demolition is set to begin any day. Walker said the building will retain a similar exterior look by using original bricks.